A festive carnival scene filmed for the upcoming " Hannah Montana" movie turned to a nightmare when a freak accident caused several injuries.
A ferris wheel full of extras on the Tennessee movie set were endangered when high winds blew a large piece of production equipment at the ride Tuesday (June 3), TMZ.com first reported.
The celebrity gossip site claims that "the collision caused a few cables on the ferris wheel to go haywire, striking several of the" extras, who were taken to the hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.
"During a break in the filming of 'Hannah Montana: The Movie', a minor accident occurred involving a piece of production equipment," Disney said in a statement confirming the accident. "Fortunately, there were only a few minor injuries. Medical personnel have treated the extras and crew involved. None of the cast was on the set. Filming has resumed."
Although the film's star, 15-year-old Miley Cyrus, was not on the set at the time, it was a near miss. The actress had just finished shooting a scene next to the ferris wheel when the accident occurred.
Brenda Blackford, an extra on the film, described the scene to Nashville station WKRN-TV: "When the wind caught it, all the cables were loose. It started [flying]. I was watching to see which corner of it was gonna hit the Ferris wheel, because it was unavoidable."
The film, set for release in May 2009, is based on the popular Disney Channel show "Hannah Montana."